The University of South Florida System maintains a comprehensive Emergency Notification System (ENS), called AlertUSF, for the purpose of issuing immediate notification to keep the USF community informed and safe during an emergency situation. There are many components of the system that provide redundant layers of notification to ensure the widest possible distribution of the message, and these system components are regularly tested to ensure proper functionality.

Upon the report of a dangerous or emergency situation, campus officials will confirm the existence of the threat. These situations may include, but are not limited to: law enforcement issues; hazardous material release; and hazardous weather affecting a USF System campus. As soon as USF System officials have confirmed that a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists, USF officials will take into account the safety of the campus community; determine what information to release about the situation; and begin the notification process. The University may not immediately issue a notification for a confirmed emergency or dangerous situation if doing so would compromise efforts to assist a victim; contain the emergency; respond to the emergency; or otherwise mitigate the emergency.


AlertUSF text messages are part of the USF Emergency Notification System that allows you to receive emergency updates. All official USF emergency notifications will be sent out through AlertUSF. Faculty, staff, and students are urged to register to receive these text messages.

To register or update your contact information follow these instructions:

  1. Login to NetID Account Services web site using your NetID.
  2. Click Update Emergency Notification Settings.
  3. Follow instructions to opt in, provide mobile phone number and select campus locations for alerts.
  4. Click Submit.

If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Statement of Support.

Components of AlertUSF may vary by campus and include:

Additional methods that the University may use to communicate include:

Emergency Hotline Numbers

The University uses this spectrum of notification methods to reach large numbers of constituents as quickly and efficiently as possible. If an emergency affects only a segment of the campus community, a more limited warning may be issued. Continuing assessments of the situation and additional warnings will occur as appropriate.

More information on the Emergency Notification System can be found in the Annual Safety Report and the Emergency Management Policy 6-010.